Protective Supervision Lifted for Obese Child

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CLEVELAND -- "He's a smart boy.  He's adjusting just fine," said defense attorney John Lawson as he spoke of his 9-year-old client. Lawson's comments came moments after a judged granted a motion to terminate protective supervision at the young man's Cleveland home.

The young boy was not present inside the courtroom today, but his mother was in attendance. 

The long ordeal was brought to the attention of Child Protective Services two years ago. 

The Cleveland Heights boy was morbidly obese, weighing more than 200 pounds. He was removed from his mother's custody by Children and Family Services and placed in foster care.

The boy has since been returned home. Even though the judge ruled to dismiss protective supervision by the county, the case will remain open for 90 days.

The young man is now down to 173 pounds. Prosecutors say his weight is still an issue, but he has been given a free membership to the local YMCA and a Big Brother has been assigned to him as well. 

The county wanted the family to enroll in a healthy cooking program, but the mother informed the court she could not afford the $1,000 fee.

At the hearing the presiding judge said, "The best interest of the child has been protected, so the system worked."

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